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Senator Says Pentagon 'Declaring Victory' as It Distorts Sexual Assault Numbers
When the Pentagon released a new report last Friday detailing what one top official described as “meaningful progress” in combatting the military’s sexual assault epidemic, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was preparing to release a report of her own. It might as well have been titled, “Not So Fast.” In a
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES IT’S BEEN A BAD WEEK FOR OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER, who is facing calls for resignation from top state Democrats, editorial pages and petition writers, in light of a conflict-of-interest scandal involving plum jobs his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, got ...
Defense Secretary Ash Carter Confirmed
The Senate today confirmed Ash Carter as the next Secretary of Defense with a vote of 93 to 5. Carter, who was nominated to the post in December, will replace Chuck Hagel and will be President Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He's a veteran Pentagon official who recently served as
Your AUMF Cheat Sheet
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES PRESIDENT OBAMA PREDICTS: ‘ISIL IS GOING TO LOSE’: President Obama formally unveiled his request for legal authorization to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria yesterday, declaring that the ongoing military campaign will succeed in destroying the extremist ...
President Obama Requests War Powers for Global Fight Against ISIS
President Obama formally unveiled his request for legal authorization to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, declaring that the ongoing military campaign will succeed in destroying the extremist group. "Make no mistake this is a difficult mission and it will remain difficult for some time," Obama said in
Schock And Awe
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK ON HIS ALLEGED ‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ OFFICE: ‘HATERS ARE GONNA HATE.’ He insists he’s not trying to be Lord Grantham, but Rep. Aaron Schock’s office bears a striking resemblance to the decor featured in the popular PBS British...
Defense Secretary Nominee Supports Arming Ukrainian Military
Ashton Carter, the nominee to be the next Defense Secretary, said at his Senate confirmation hearing today that he is inclined to providing lethal arms to Ukraine ’s beleaguered military. He also told the committee that the important thing after defeating ISIS is to maintain a “lasting defeat” so
Meet Ash Carter: He Could Be the Next Secretary of Defense
Ashton Carter is scheduled to take questions from lawmakers in the Senate Armed Services Committee today as he looks to secure his nomination as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense. President Obama nominated Carter in December as the replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel , whose tenure has
U.S. Considers Arming Ukraine to Fight Separatists
A growing number of senior military and civilian advisors to President Obama support providing defensive weapons to Ukraine as that country comes under increasing attacks by Russian-backed separatist groups. New discussions about specifically what aid to provide the fledgling Ukrainian forces comes
Hagel Says White House Disagreed With His Slow Pace of Releases of Guantanamo Detainees
Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged Friday for the first time that some officials in the White House disagreed with his slow pace in releasing Guantanamo detainees. He explained he was cautious because he took "very seriously" his responsibility to certify the release of detainees